The brain and spinal cord are enclosed in a layered membrane system called the meninges (‘meh nin jeez’), with a tough outer layer called the dura mater. This dura is connective tissue that is interwoven with the bones of the cranium and the spine.
The membrane system contains approximately 6 ounces of cerebrospinal fluid, derived from blood and drip-filtered into the space through the membrane layers. This fluid bathes the brain and spinal cord in a wave-like pattern that mimics the ocean tides. The cranial bones and vertebrae move in relation to this fluid in very subtle patterns which translate throughout the nerves of the entire body. Any restrictions here can affect hormonal regulation, organ function, emotional expression, physical pain, breathing, digestion, sleep, and musculoskeletal function.
Craniosacral work is a light touch modality involving the therapist placing their hands gently and waiting to sense movement patterns in the system. They do not seek to change anything right away, but instead follow the patterns inherent in your body and encourage more freedom within those patterns. Patients typically report a feeling similar to lucid dreaming and a sense of removing the heavy daily burden. Often sleep, breathing, and digestion improve and build momentum toward relieving chronic pain, headaches, jaw issues, and similar conditions.